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Motley Not Leading Anwar’s Legal Team

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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s newly appointed international legal adviser Kimberley Motley will not be leading his legal team.

Motley said that while she would be taking part in the former de-facto opposition leader’s court cases, his current lawyers would continue to lead the case.

“I’m here to bring a new perspective in terms of legal strategy. The team here has done very well,” she said.

Motley declined to comment on the instructions she received from Anwar, citing attorney-client privilege.

When asked, she confirmed that she would take part in Anwar’s review against his sodomy conviction, which would be heard before a new Federal Court bench on Oct

The 41-year-old is the founder of Motley Legal Services and co-founder of Motley Consulting Inter­national. She has been a practising attorney since 2003 after obtaining her law degree from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

She is most noted for being the first non-Afghan attorney to litigate in Afghanistan since 2008.

Anwar, 68, had his conviction and sentence of five-years jail was upheld by a Federal Court bench chaired by Chief Justce Arifin Zakaria on Feb 12, last year.

Anwar had since applied to have his case reconsidered before a new panel of Federal Court judges.

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